Rape in Sylhet MC College dormitory triggers protests

Students of Sylhet MC College on Saturday staged demonstrations blocking its front road in protest against a ‘gang-rape’ that took place in its dormitory on Friday night.


Over a hundred students of the college, a reputed educational institution of the district, blocked the road around 12:30 pm, demanding immediate arrest of the rapists.


Additional police have been deployed on the campus to fend off further trouble.


The protesters alleged that the college authorities have kept its hostel, having nine blocks, open when all the educational institutions across the country remained closed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.


Though the authorities were “aware about various criminal activities” in the dormitories, they did not shut those, the protesters alleged.


They threatened to go for a tougher movement if the police fail to arrest the accused.


A 19-year-old girl was reportedly raped by a group of youths in a dormitory of Sylhet MC College on Friday night. The accused were said to be leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League.


The rapists violated the girl around 7pm after tying up her husband in a room of the hostel, according to a statement made by the husband.


On information, police rescued the couple from the hostel around 10:30pm.


Meanwhile, the victim’s husband filed a case with Shah Poran Police Station early Saturday against six named accused, including Saifur Rahman, and three unnamed ones.


What Does College Principal Say?


About the incident, Principal of the college Saleh Ahmed said, “Action will be taken against the students responsible for the rape. Their studentship will be revoked.”


Asked why the college hostel kept open when all educational institutions across the country are closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Principal said, “It has been kept open for the poor and meritorious students as they’re involved in small jobs and private tuition in the city.”


He said the students were asked to vacate the dormitory by 12 noon on Saturday.


MC College


Murari Chand College, popularly known as MC College, is the first college in the Sylhet Division.


It was established in 1892, making it the 7th oldest college in Bangladesh. Since then it has played an important role in the educational, cultural, and political spheres of Greater Sylhet.


Situated at Tamabil Road of the city, the college now has some 14,000.


Source: United News of Bangladesh